Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept. investigating string of burglaries

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept. investigating string of burglaries
Published: Jan. 11, 2016 at 7:26 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2016 at 8:15 PM CST
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The Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a string of residential burglaries that have been occurring in the area.

Mt. Vernon Police Chief Chris Deichman says at least eight to 10 burglaries have been reported in the Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County areas in the past few days.

The departments have reason to believe at least two people are responsible for the burglaries. 

Deichman said the suspects are going door to door and knocking on homes on the area. If someone answers, they make up an excuse to knock. If the homeowners aren't home they are breaking in.

If you live in or near Jefferson County, Ill. a stranger has knocked on your door in recent days, you are urged to report that to the Mt. Vernon Police Department or the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. 

The chief is asking for the public for help. He suggests for folks to pay close attention to anything out of the ordinary such as vehicles or people. 

He also said to make it difficult for someone to break in and not to give them a reason.

He suggests to lock your doors and to have a solid bolt lock and to leave a TV or radio on so it sounds like someone is home. 

Deichman said burglaries have been reported in the Willshire, Northbrook, and Fruit Bowl neighborhoods and in the northern and southern parts of the county.

Both departments are requesting anyone with information about these burglaries or anyone who has had suspicious persons come to their residence contact the Mt. Vernon Police Department number at (618)-242-2131 or the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at (618)-244-8004.

Residents may also call Crimestoppers at 242-8477. You do not have to identify yourself and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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